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[fawr-muh-lee] /ˈfɔr mə li/
in a formal manner:
The store was formally opened on Tuesday.
as regards form; in form:
It may be formally correct, but it is substantively wrong.
Origin of formally
1350-1400; Middle English. See formal1, -ly
Can be confused
formally, formerly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He concluded by formally moving the presentation of the address to the Queen.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • With the other he had taken her fingers and raised them formally to his lips.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Through me, the Organisation now formally both forgets and forgives.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • But I have not formally introduced you to my fellow-offender.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This traffic is formally prohibited by most laws; but what are laws made for, if not to be broken?

    The Sexual Question August Forel
Word Origin and History for formally

c.1400, "in good form," from formal + -ly (2). Meaning "in prescribed or customary form" is from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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